Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Florence’s quiet potential disaster: Hog manure

Florence’s quiet potential disaster: Hog manure

The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked at 193km/h, before Florence was downgraded from a Category 4. The Raleigh and Durham area to Wilson should see between 5 and 10 inches. Its maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 110 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, but it's still expected to be very unsafe due to its expansive wind field.

"This will be a storm that's going to be far larger than we have seen in perhaps decades", Trump said.

This is when Hurricane Florence is expected to be closest to us.

"The overall wind speeds may not be all that impressive at landfall, but the storm surge could be enormous", he said.

Life-threatening storm surges of up to 13 feet (3.9 meters) were also forecast in some areas along with the possibility of tornadoes in North Carolina.

Florence is forecast to make landfall near southeast North Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane early Friday morning, "bringing extreme wind and sea conditions" reminiscent of a much stronger storm, meteorologists said.

By Saturday, total rainfall could accumulate to 20 inches (51 centimetres) - or even 30 inches in places - in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, the NHC said.

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"Attached are the latest advisory graphics for Hurricane Florence depicting the error cone and tropical storm force wind probabilities from the National Weather Service".

The storm was moving northwest at 12 miles per hour.

The latest storm track shows Florence tracking farther south, and Fishel said that will lessen the storm's impacts in the Triangle.

The bottom line is that damage from winds and the storm surge is likely to be more typical of past hurricanes, but the freshwater flooding still looks to create major property damage, which could lead to loss of life if residents haven't heeded the warnings of their local officials. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

Hurricane Florence continues to barrel towards the East Coast. "We're trying to get those last stragglers off of the barrier islands".

When the National Hurricane Updates shared a map of the category four hurricane, dubbed "the storm of a lifetime", on Facebook, people were quick to compare the pink round-headed shape displaying the devastation to something a lot less serious. Power outages, downed trees and a risk for catastrophic flooding are all potential issues in the Triangle.

Florence is the most risky of three tropical systems in the Atlantic. Florence's heavy rains could cause an environmental disaster if waste from hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites wash into homes or threaten drinking water supplies.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state. His remarks fell flat in Puerto Rico where islanders are continuing to struggle to recover a year after the Category 4 storm.

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